WES Provider Access Policy

William Edwards School Provider Access Policy Statement

Under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997, as of 2 January 2018, the school has a duty to provide students in years 8-13 with access to providers of post-14, post-16 and post-18 education and training. This policy statement sets out how we manage access requests from these providers.

What are students entitled to?

Students must be allowed to:

  • Learn more about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which informs students of the full range of education and training options available to them at each transition point.
  • Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities on offer, for example, technical education and apprenticeships – this can be achieved through options evenings, assemblies, group discussions, and taster events.
  • Understand how to apply to the full range of academic and technical courses available to them.

Who handles our access requests?

Any provider wishing to request access should contact our careers leader, Mr T Parker, on 01375 486000 or via email on: admin@wes.swecet.org

What opportunities are provided to allow access to students?

Via our school careers programme, we offer providers numerous opportunities throughout the school year to speak to students and/or their parents. Our annual schedule of events is as follows:

Autumn Spring Summer
Year 8
  • HE campus visits
  • HE campus summer school
Year 9
  • ‘Speed networking’ event with providers and employers
  • HE campus visits
  • KS4 preferences
    evening
  • BTEC workshops
  • Focus Days
  • Fast Tomato
  • Post 16 providers
    attend parents
    evenings
  • HE campus
    summer school
  • Fast Tomato
Year 10
  • Extended Work
    experience
  • Period 6 sessions
    on IAG
  • Impartial IAG
    meetings
  • Focus Days
  • CV writing
  • FE college taster days
  • Training Provider taster
    days
  • Impartial IAG meetings
  • Post 16 providers
    attend parents evenings
  • FE college taster
    days
  • Impartial IAG
    meetings
  • Training Provider
    taster days
  • Fast Tomato
Year 11
  • Assembly about
    opportunities at 16
  • Mock Interview Day
  • Impartial IAG
    meetings
  • Post 16 application
    checking
  • Training Provider
    taster days
  • Opportunity
    Thurrock
  • Post 16 providers
    attend parents
    evenings
  • Impartial IAG meetings
  • Post 16 application
    checking
  • Training Provider taster
    days
  • Post 16
    application
    checking

Who should providers contact to discuss events and options?

Providers can speak to Assistant Headteacher, Mr T Parker, to discuss possible attendance at relevant events.

What are the rules for granting and refusing access requests?

We will grant access requests that meet the following criteria:

  • Requests from Ofsted registered 11-19 providers
  • That are reasonable and do not impact on existing educational provision for our students

What can providers expect once a request has been accepted?

Once we have approved a provider, we will work with them to identify the best method for providing access to our students.

We will make the school hall, classrooms and private meeting rooms available to host discussions between providers and students. We will also make presentation equipment, such as projectors and televisions, available to providers.

Arrangements will be discussed in advance between our careers leader and a nominated member of the provider’s team.

Can providers leave prospectuses for students to read?

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus and other relevant course literature with Mr T Parker.

Approval and review

This policy statement was approved by the school’s Senior Leadership Team on 05/02/18.

The next review will take place in February 2021.